So I wake up kinda late on Saturday, find out my mom is driving which worries me because she is a TERRIBLE driver on the highway... but meh. Couple of friends come with me, and once we get there, I trade/borrow the last few cards to finish my deck, play a little SSBB, and wait until the tournament starts. I'm using URBAN SKITTLES, my variety of Ho-Oh/Togekiss that's pretty different from Josh's... but that's what it came down to eventually. I hardly remember any of the names of people I played, so I'll just list their decks. R1 vs. Infernape/Typhlosion He doesn't get a very good setup... he had a Typhlo out T3, but that wasn't really helping him because he only had 2 energies in play. I got a Hooh set up and ran through his Pokemon, with Crawdaunt EX and a boost just in case. I won on prizes. 1-0 R2 vs. Kery w/ Porygon Z/Exploud/Weavile/Darkrai This was a strange deck for sure... he was playing Porygon Z with only dark energies. However, I didn't even know that until after our game, because I got a donk T1 Togekiss and flipped 2 heads to kill both his Pokemon. ...Give me a break, I can have 1 donk. 2-0 R3 vs. Kingdra EX d/Lunarock Probably the most intense game of the day. I start with a lone Corphish and no supporters or benched Pokemon... after a little while I draw into a couple Hoohs, but soon I only have one left in play, and I just killed my first Kingdra. My prize... ROSEANNE. So now I'm just praying for heads on phoenix turn, and it works! I now make a huge comeback, and it comes down to 1-2 prizes, his lead, with Kingdra vs. Hooh. I serene grace for enough energy to do 30 damage less than needed to kill him, but then I castaway for the game. GG. 3-0 R4 vs. Chomp This guy definitely didn't get the best start, and his stupid Sableye kept locking rainbow wing, so I had to do some retreating. The defining moment was him having a Gabite with 2 energies on the bench, with sable active. I warp'd and retreated to KO it, and next turn he draws a Garchomp. Oh well. 4-0 R5 vs. Justin C. w/ GG/Lucario Now I know Justin pretty well, and I know his deck pretty well, and we're usually pretty even in our games. This was no exception. We were KO'ing each other back and forth the entire time, with him even imprisoning my Hooh so I couldn't rainbow wing it. When time was called though, I had 1 prize left to his 2, which gave me the game. 5-0 R6 vs. Empoleon/Mismagius I don't think it would be physically possible to create a deck MORE anti-skittles than that. I had no chance to win. 5-1 R7 vs. Keith w/ Skittles This really sucked... my resistance was low, so I needed to win this game to be sure that I would make top cut, but Keith was the highest 4-2, so it would be close for him too. There's also the fact that he's playing Josh's Skittles list... so we pretty much know each others decks. He gets out Dusknoir and I get out Crawdaunt. He shuffles a 4 energy Hooh into my deck, I put a 6 energy Hooh back into his hand, which hurt a lot worse. He also missed a crucial flip on phoenix turn, and it went downhill for him from there. GG Keith, I owe you a DDR game. 6-1 Standings come up.. I'm in 5th, Keith got 17th. So now I really felt bad, but he was cool about it. Now it's time for... GG MARATHON! T16 vs. GG game 1 Both got decent setups, but I was able to grace before he could lock me down, which helped a lot. I wasn't even that lucky on my flips, but I was able to cruise through all his Gardys and Gallades before he could take me out. 1-0 game 2 His setup was much better than mine this time, and after being psychic locked with 3 pluspowers (), I scooped. 1-1 game 3 I draw my hand... lone Corphish start with a Furret. He mulligans, and I accidentally draw my card before I put my prizes out. It was a crystal beach. Judge decides that the card goes back and the deck is shuffled, then I put my prizes out and draw my card. I draw a Sentret. Woot! I got everything out in a couple turns, and despite him scrambling and then DREing a Gallade for 2 prizes, I won it out. GG 2-1 T8 vs. Justin C. w/ GG game 1 So it came back to the 2 of us. I had a nice T1 Togekiss start this game, but since I didn't have any bench, it could've been better. After it died, I had a manually charged Hooh ready to go, which mopped up pretty much everything else. 1-0 game 2 This was a long game, and I think my luckiest game in terms of flips. I flipped 3 heads on 1 Hooh, which really did a lot of damage. However, he imprisoned and killed me with Gardy ex d, and then managed to finish me off with a regular Gardy. Nice. 1-1 game 3 Wasn't much time left on the clock, so I had to play this fast. I got a pretty decent setup to his not so good one, and even after Lucario Lv.X and Gardy Lv.X made a showing, I was able to win on time. 2-1 T4 vs. ANOTHER GG game 1 He was playing a very standard list, with pretty much just the GG line, and 4 Stantler. However, he played Gardy Lv.X very well, and managed to bring down a Hooh, which really hurt me. I got another Hooh out, but I flipped tails on Phoenix. Scoop. 0-1 game 2 A much longer game, we both got tons of stuff out. I kept facing Gallade after Gardevoir after Gallade, and I think every time he did a TSD he got 2 heads, which was ridiculous. Then he kills a Hooh with psychic boom Ralts, but I flipped heads on Phoenix at least. That was really what saved me the game. 1-1 game 3 This was a very strange game. He was attacking with Stantler and Ralts for the majority of the time, and they were both VERY annoying, with me either taking 60 damage for 1 energy or 20 and confuse. Unfortunately for him, their low HP allowed me to take a few key prizes early, and even when he got bigger stuff out, he couldn't get enough before I got all 6 of mine. 2-1 At this point I'm really psyched out, since I'm already guaranteed $1000 scholarship, which is a lot of money to me and my family. It turns out I'm now playing Josh (MadHatter) in the finals, the creator of the basis of my deck. So, it will literally meet its maker. T2 Vs. Josh B. w/ 3 cornered triangle of death (Banette/Gyarados/Cresselia) game 1 He starts out by telling me that he knows how to beat my deck, that he just can't get donked. I really believe him, because I'm sure that's one of the decks he would have been testing against most. I actually got the early lead in this game, getting down to I think 2 prizes. Gyarados was really a killer though, being able to OHKO a Hooh with 1 damage counter on it. He was able to make a nice comeback, and I missed the flip on Phoenix. GG. 0-1 game 2 I kind of feel resigned to getting 2nd now, but I still do my best to play. This was another really good game, but my serene graces were very unfruitful. The key was that his Banettes were always 10-20 damage away from knocking me out, and I could return anything in his deck with an OHKO. Even after my first Hooh died, I had a 2nd one out, and with some crafty moves, I was able to pull it out. 1-1 game 3 We both got completely dead starts, but felt the need to warp point each other on the first 2 turns. After that it kind of became the joke of the game, and we both played every warp point in our deck mostly just for laughs. I had to do every serene grace possible in this game, and I got a nice hit mid game to do enough damage to KO his defending Pokemon. It was down to 2-4 prizes, my lead, and time was called. Good games, Josh, very good games. 2-1 So I end up winning the largest regionals in the country in my first year in Masters... not bad for a day's work. Got to hang with some cool people, too. The only bad part was my mom trying to drive back home at 11:30 at night... I'll leave it at we live half an hour away, and it took an hour and a half to get home. Props URBAN SKITTLES GG and Mag not being in the finals Furret! Owning people with Mr. Game & Watch on brawl random oranges 5 warp points in the last game of finals Ryan and David for coming with me winning first obviously lol Slops Holmes for not coming getting lost in the middle of the night only getting 1 Lv.X in my box not having dinner getting killed twice by 3 pluspowers If I got anything terribly wrong, or missed someones name, please tell me and I'll fix it. I'm just going by my terrible memory, I didn't take any notes during the tournament. Hopefully, this can give people hope that you CAN take down GG and Mag. Maybe not all the time, but they're definitely not unbeatable.